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Landscape Observers


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Kangaroo Coast


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The only thing worse than not letting all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out

“The early days of the Trump administration (‘The 45th president’, January 21st) bring to mind Robert Graves’s “I Claudius”. The ageing Roman emperor longs for the return of the republic. To this end he marries Agrippina, mother of Nero, hoping that Nero will be so cruel and despised that it will lead to a rejection of future emperors. His strategy: ‘Let all of the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.'”
PAUL FRIEDMAN, Vancouver
The Economist, Letters, February 4, 2017

Gotta love those literate Economist readers.

“Let all of the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.” This was my thought, too, because I, too, saw “I, Claudius” on PBS (support your local station; the Republicans have been gunning for PBS for decades). Yeah, poisons hatching out… I don’t think the poisons ever stopped hatching out in Rome. I’m sure Mr. Gibbon would correct me if he wasn’t dead.

I also thought “The only thing worse than not getting what you want, is getting what you want,” by good old Oscar Wilde, which isn’t much cheerier, but might be less fatal.

Oh well. Let’s hope we are still the good people we think we are, or that our institutions are at least as strong as we hope they are. Or something.

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14 years of the Hackenblog?

Yay?

Here’s where we got our start: Hackenblog 1.0

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Green Dress


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Discarded due to the failed Nori Paste experiment, alas. Further, alas, the search for an alternative to Best-Test paper cement continues.

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Furs and Flora


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Delusional Republic

“But can Trump voters be convinced that things are getting better when they aren’t? The truth is that I don’t know. Views on many issues are driven by motivated reasoning, and when people say that things got worse under Obama, what they may really be saying — whatever the actual question was — is ‘I hate the idea of a black man in the White House.'”
The Opposite of Carnage, by Paul Krugman, NY Times, January 21, 2017

I sometimes wonder what Trump voters really want. Maybe they just want everyone to be as miserable as they are. Oh well, it’s going to be a long four years.

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Everyone’s a Critic


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Feminine Genius

Francis, Jan 12, 2017

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Source:: Comics Agonistes

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Easter Island Observer


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Chillin’ Out


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Happy (as possible) New Year

jumpstart20161231nov9Clickety-click for bigger-de-big

And, as we careen into 2017, Nov 9, 2016 is still with us, as I suspect it will be for quite a while.

Happy New Year everyone, or as happy as possible.

Context for those who don’t read

Even Jumpstart is starting…

And, as we careen into 2017, Nov 9, 2016 is still with us, as I suspect it will be for quite a while.

Happy New Year everyone, or as happy as possible.

Context for those who don’t read Jumpstart, one of the sweetest comics I read: Ray Ramsey is an ex-con who was a mugger and considered irredeemable by the police characters in the strip. Officer Joe Cobb, the shocked guy in the last panel, was/is one of those police characters. However, over the past year or more of this comic strip, Ray’s life has slowly been …read more

Source:: Comics Agonistes

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December Postcard 20


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Cheetahs


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Female pleasure in Pibgorn

pibgornpleasure

Okay, female fairy pleasure in Pibgorn

Brooke McEldowney is awfully good at this.

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What do Trump voters want?

“… In this terrible political year, the story was in part one of people in Appalachia angrily demanding a return of the good jobs they used to have mining coal — even though the world doesn’t want more coal given fracking, and it can get the coal it still wants from strip mines and mountaintop removal, which don’t employ many people.”

So, old school coal mining jobs are impossible (unhealthy and dangerous, as well), sorry. Teach your children to type really fast, think faster, and know we’re all in this together. Then we, they, you, all of us might stand something of a chance at a future.

“… those longing for the return to coal want is those jobs they deserve, where they earn their money — not government handouts, no sir.

“A fact-constrained candidate wouldn’t have been able to promise such people what they want; Trump, of course, had no problem.”

Alas.

“But is that really all there is? Working-class Trump voters do, in fact, receive a lot of government handouts — they’re almost totally dependent on Social Security for retirement, Medicare for health care when old, are quite dependent on food stamps, and many have recently received coverage from Obamacare. Quite a few receive disability payments too. They don’t want those benefits to go away. But they managed to convince themselves (with a lot of help from Fox News etc) that they aren’t really beneficiaries of government programs, or that they’re not getting the ‘good welfare,’ which only goes to Those People.

“And you can really see this in the regional patterns. California is an affluent state, a heavy net contributor to the federal budget; it went 2-1 Clinton. West Virginia is poor and a huge net recipient of federal aid; it went 2 1/2-1 Trump.”

I guess this makes us all suckers. Or something. Me? It just makes me sad.
What do Trump voters want?, by Paul Krugman, NY Times, December 17, 2016 (sorry for the long quotes NY Times)

What so Trump voters want? I guess they just want to watch their world burn.

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Looking at a collage can spark creativity

It says so right here:

“I love visual art, so this week I’m looking at collages, which rely on the juxtaposition of images in a surprising way to generate new meaning. They’re designed to provoke a sense of unconventionality and unconsciously inspire the viewer to become more creative. Here’s an image from one of my favorite collage artists, Ginger Mayerson:”
The Challenge of Creativity: 5 Tips in 5 Minutes, by Laurel Sutton, The Content Bureau, March 22nd, 2016
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December Postcard 19


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Blue Feet


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Santa on the Rocks


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Happy Winter Holidays, everyone!

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December Postcard 18


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Audrey and Friends


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December Postcard 17


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Astro Cherub


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December Postcard 16


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Arbor Ardor


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Donating to MSF

Remember how much I like Médecins Sans Frontières?

I just donated $75 to them via this paypal link:

http://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/105865137050618816

So it was actually $75.75, hey, every nickle counts with Médecins Sans Frontières because they wring 10 cents out of every nickle. Or something.

Anyway, click the link and let PayPal do something good for a change. Or at least 1% of it.

You’ll be glad you did.

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December Postcard 15


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December Postcard 14


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